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  1. Notes from Niceville - David Letterman, sewage spills and Hollywood

    It was raining the last time I posted here and now, a month later, it is still raining. I donít like long periods of rain but when it does rain like this I stay in a good state of mind by reminding myself how much worse it would be for me if I liked to golf.

    Sorry for not posting sooner but I was out of town visiting with some kin folk and then picked up a bug or something and was not feeling up to it. Much better now, thanks.

    For those of you not here in Niceville let
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  2. Gray leaf spot, common disease of St. Augustine

    by , 08-19-2010 at 02:05 PM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)
    Gray leaf spot is a common fungal disease of St. Augustinegrass. Wet conditions promote this fungus. This includes high humidity, heavy dews and particularly frequent afternoon and evening rains. Itís primarily a disease of St. Augustinegrass. The Florida Lawn Handbook states, ďSt. Augustinegrass is the only important warm-season turfgrass that is seriously affected.Ē Iíve seen St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass growing intermingled with the St. Augustine infected with gray leaf spot and the ...
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  3. Do you fertilize your lawn too early?

    by , 02-21-2011 at 12:15 PM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)
    In addition to fertilizing too early, many homeowners are missing the basics when fertilizing their Florida lawn. Incorrect fertilization can eventually cost you money and your lawn.

    In North Florida, your first lawn fertilization for the year should not be until mid April, or even a little later. This allows for the soil in the root area to adequately warm for the most efficient use of the fertilizer. Fertilizing while the root area is too cold, wastes fertilizer and may injure your ...
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